Scharff commits to swim at Wisconsin next year
Alex Wentz, reporter

After becoming a two-time All Metro Swimmer of the Year, amassing 7 State meet gold medals, 3 State trophies, and cementing himself in infamy on the record board, senior Cooper Scharff will be continuing his swimming conquest at the University of Wisconsin next year. For Scharff, the transition to college athletics is the next stepping stone towards his ultimate goal of Olympic trials. 

Wrestling eyes areas of improvement after win against Fox; preps for tough midseason
Nathan Rich and Alex Nance, Editor, reporter

SLUH wrestling took to the mats again last Tuesday after an extended Christmas break in a match against Fox High School and Lindbergh. The Jr. Bills, after several consecutive practices, were anxious to get back to competing against Fox as multiple Covid concerns shook up the team. Luckily they came out swinging.  

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Jackson Cooper and Louis Cornett, Junior Sports Editor, Core Staff

Going into Christmas break, St. Louis U. High’s varsity hockey team prepared to enter a difficult stretch of games that was primed to define their season regardless of results. Five matchups against four teams in the top half of the Mid States Club Hockey standings awaited the Jr. Bills, who looked to build off of a strong start to the season that featured just one loss and one tie. 

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Nathan Rich, Editor

SLUH wrestling is finally back on the mats this season as they prepare to overcome the odds stacked against them. After losing a talented senior class last year, including state-contenders Bobby Conroy and Logan Neumann, the team now features a smaller but dedicated group of upperclassmen and a growing number of new wrestlers.

Led by senior talent, rifle hopes to qualify for Nationals
Jack Rybak, Core Staff

The St. Louis U. High rifle team opened the doors to the range in November to begin practicing for the team’s 77th season. The team consists of 34 total shooters, nine of whom are freshmen. Recent positive changes to Covid protocols have created a spark for the team, and have the coaches eagerly awaiting scores and a trip to Camp Perry Ohio to compete in Nationals.

Hockey handles business against Rockwood Summit, prepares for tough stretch of games
Louis Cornett, Core Staff

The St. Louis U. High hockey team faced off against Rockwood Summit in their only game this week. In a game that was closely contested to the last period, the Jr. Bills slipped out of the Fenton Ice Rink with a 5-2 win, improving their record to 6-1-1. Trailing only CBC in their division, SLUH looks to capitalize on a strong second half of the season in order to claim the top playoff spot.

DuMont commits to join SLU baseball program next year
Nathan Rich, Sports Editor

Senior Jack DuMont will be taking his baseball talents to St. Louis University next year, after announcing his signing with the Billikens last month. He represents one of the first members of the talented Class of 2022 to officially sign on to play athletics in college. For DuMont, though, the announcement has been a long time coming. Ever since he was a kid, baseball was the only thing on his mind.

Hockey wins 8th consecutive Jesuit Cup, steamrolls Kirkwood
Jack Figge and Louis Cornett, Editor in Chief, Core Staff

A momentous roar erupted from the St. Louis U. High student section as the final seconds ticked down in the annual Jesuit Cup game last Friday. For the seventh straight year, the hockey team brought the Jesuit Cup back to Oakland.

Racquetball wins against CBC and Kirkwood, eyes nationals yet again
Charlie Vonderheid, reporter

After a long fall season of ladder tournaments and challenge matches, the varsity racquetball team is ready to make a push at its 11th straight National Championship. Plus, after last season's Nationals were canceled due to the pandemic, the varsity team is especially anxious to reclaim its title in 2022. They started off on the right foot two weeks ago when they went 6-1 against a talented CBC team.

XC overcomes brutal weather in Indiana showcase
Sean Kellogg and Joe LaBarge, reporters

Following a great performance at State, some of the top runners on the SLUH cross country programs decided to take their skills up to Terre Haute Indiana to compete at Nike Cross Regionals at the Lavern Gibson Cross Country Course. Despite having just come off of a hard week competing at state, the team still ran some phenomenal races and managed to come away with the meet with some hardware.

Hockey scores 12 in first two games, falls to rival CBC
Nathan Rich and Louis Cornett, Sports Editor, Core Staff

SLUH Hockey is back on the ice in a big way. In their first three games of the season, they dealt crushing blows to Francis Howell and Marquette and just narrowly lost to perennial powerhouse CBC. With a 2-1 record and 12 goals already, this year’s team, packed with seniors, is ready to turn heads and make a deep run at state.

Swim gears up for state with sights set on claiming third team title in four years
Alex Wentz, reporter

The time has come. Today, the Jr. Bills will be immersed in a great war of the waters; a bout that decides the fate of the state. After asserting their district dominance last week they now seek to snag a state title. Today the swimmers are competing in the prelims portion of the meet, in which they fight to qualify for tomorrow’s finals, which will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the St. Peters Rec-Plex. Understandably, hopes are high going into the meet.

XC races to fourth at state with three All-State runners, trophy streak now sits at four years
Sean Kellogg and Joe LaBarge, reporters

The SLUH Jr. Billikens went up against the toughest teams in the state last Friday at the Gans Creek State course in Columbia, and the fastest times that the course has ever seen to bring home a fourth-place trophy, adding to their four-year podium streak. Finishing just five points behind third-place Liberty North, the Bills finished the season with a strong closing race to cap off a great year. By putting three racers in the top 25, each earning All-State designations, SLUH tied its record for most All-State runners at a State meet, proving the immense competition Missouri running has produced this year.

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